RTW: A New Universe

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

This week’s topic: If you could live within the universe of any book, which would you choose?

I’m a military wife, so packing up and moving to a new place does not hold that “the possibilities are wide open” kind of promise for me. More like, “Oh my God, I can’t believe I have to do this all over again!” In almost eight years of marriage, I’ve lived in three states and SEVEN different houses. So, yeah. Over it. Still, it is sort of fun to think about all of the different worlds I’ve immersed myself in while reading and imagine myself a part of them. I scrolled through my Goodreads list and noted all of the books with settings that appealed to me. Two themes quickly emerged:

BEACH/LAKESIDE – The Boys Next Door, The Summer I Turned Pretty, Twenty Boy Summer, and The Summer of Skinny Dipping

BOARDING SCHOOLS – Harry Potter, Anna and the French Kiss, The Mockingbirds, Prep, and Looking For Alaska

I can draw only one conclusion about the above: Someone needs to write a book set at a boarding school ON the beach so I can live in that universe. 🙂

There are many books I’ve read and loved that are set in universes I definitely would NOT want to set foot in. Here are a few… A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Hunger Games, The Giver, Matched, Dirty Little Secrets, The Chosen One, Stolen, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Pillars of the Earth, and The Replacement
Which fictional universe would you like to be a part of? And don’t forget to stop by YA Highway to see how everyone else answered today’s prompt.


20 thoughts on “RTW: A New Universe

  1. Marquita says:

    Interesting choices…Have you read the Fallen series? In Torment, they are kind of in a boarding school on the beach–you might like that! And I def. wouldn’t want to live in the Hunger Games universe either–not with how much I looooove to eat 🙂

  2. kate says:

    I could handle a boarding school on a beach. Maybe even on a tropical island. And all the classes could be held outside under the palm trees.

  3. Rebecca B says:

    I like your choices for where you wouldn’t live–particularly the settings of MATCHED and HUNGER GAMES. Agreed!

  4. katharine says:

    Love these– you cover all the bases (especially those “let’s not live there” choices). A boarding school is one of those great classic spots in books– seems just teeming with possibility and excitement. and the beach… ahhh… I love the beach. I miss living in SC for the beach.

    • katyupperman says:

      Ooh, jealous that you lived in SC… Charleston is one of my favorite cities. And why didn’t boarding schools becoming appealing to me until AFTER I became an adult? Maybe I should be teaching at one or something… 🙂

  5. Tracey Neithercott says:

    I could do a boarding school on the beach. That sounds like fun. I agree with your never-wanna-live-there list. I forgot about Forrest of Hands and Teeth but, yikes, that world is rough!

  6. Amie Kaufman says:

    I went to a regular school on the beach–we used to walk down after class for sailing practice. A boarding school on the beach? And to judge by your comments, full of writers? Swoon!

    • katyupperman says:

      Sailing practice and school on the beach, Amie? I’m afraid we can’t be friends anymore. 🙂 And yes, I’d sign up for writers’ boarding school on the beach in a heartbeat!

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